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This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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JJ-8

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Australian Box Office | GOTG2 in cruise control.... 3.9m ANZAC Day / 6m+ running total | FOTF 23.9m to date

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Weekend Actuals Thread is up - Weekend Actual's - Nov 10th - 13th, 2011have also started a thread for the current top 20 films of 2011 (includes top 10 openings too) - Top Films of 2011First 4 posts of this thread have also been updated and now included the latest all-time records - i will continue to add more in the coming days but the main stuff is now there.- jajang

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Good news for BD1 - (I don't have a link right now) but it's rating has been change to M. Wonder what Summit did to get it through... did they cut something out ?

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No, they (the OFLC) probably just overrated it in the first place.

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yes true... apparently we live in a nanny state.... and if conjob gets his way our internet will be filtered too...

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They seem to have a problem with overrating. Possibly the most puzzling rating is Tangled, PG for discernible reason.

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And everything goes back to normal now. Except the lack of buzz for BD, though I think all the people who hated this book but are twilight fans will go to see it. Just to see how they did it. I'm going to see it on either monday or wednesday.... There goes 2 hours of my life!

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I for one won't be seeing BD.... in fact i've never seen any of the twilight films in cinema - and have only seen the first one still ;)now true blood... thats a vampire show worth watching :D :D ;)- jajang

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I haven't seen #1, #2 is in my 5 worst films of all time :/ #3 was better, but just bad..

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I for one won't be seeing BD.... in fact i've never seen any of the twilight films in cinema - and have only seen the first one still ;)now true blood... thats a vampire show worth watching :D :D ;)- jajang

True Blood is amazing!Cannot wait for the next season!

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True Blood is my guilty please... nothing like a bit of Vampire Porn ;)

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Good news for BD1 - (I don't have a link right now) but it's rating has been change to M. Wonder what Summit did to get it through... did they cut something out ?

Nah. It was probably the money that Summit quietly passed under the table to the people that rated the movie. Haha.I really doubt the sex scene is that bad. Probably nothing worse than what people in the US normally see on network tv.

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Any word yet on Breaking Dawn midnights?I'm thinking a million flat, give or take a bit.

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Not far off rob. 1.27m USD mids. (from Nikki)Above DH1 but below eclipse and new moon. (both around 1.7m mids if memory serves.)

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Mine was more therm DH1, but less then Eclipse.. So i'm not sure what that equates to :P solid thursday numbers too.

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Anybody heard of a movie called The Orator?It is doing huge business at my work, we're cancelling sessions of other movies, adding in extra times. Its quite bizarre honestly.I YouTube'd it and apparently its a Samoan film

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TBD:pt1 3.669mil (Eclipse 4.4mil, NM 5mil) 3rd biggest Nov opday behind NM & HPDH:pt1Orator ranked #6 48k 14 prints

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Pretty disappointing for BD. Was expecting at least $4m OD!What were day-by-day grosses for NM and Eclipse on OW? Just for a rough estimate as to where this is heading.Im guessing around 11.5m for the 4-day.

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3.5-4m was what I was expecting.Decent.

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ok here some analysis of where this might be heading.For comparison:New Moonmids = 1.7mOD = 5m% of OD (mids) = 34%Deathly Hallows 1mids = 1mOD = 4m% of OD = 25%Breaking Dawn 1mids = 1.27mOD = 3.7m% of OD = 34%Ok so the mids % was similar to new moon. Now off a OD of 5m, New Moon made 16.1m OW. This equates to an OW of 11.9m (or very nearly 12m) for Breaking Dawn 1. If BD1 follows closer to DH1 for the weekend we could see an OW of 14.3m. However I'm thinking it will follow a similar trajectory to new moon given the similar breakdown already % wise. 12m appears to be where BD1 is heading.- jajang

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